Italian Charcuterie Board

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Italian charcuterie board created by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

I was doing some online Walmart grocery shopping the other day (not sponsored, but our Walmart+ membership has seriously been such a time-saver!) and saw a bunch of colorful summer fruits… all on the front page. It made me hungry, and it inspired me to put together a colorful Italian charcuterie board! To provide a little context, my dad’s side of the family is super Italian, so I grew up loving all these delicious Italian fruits and cheeses. I wanted Kyle to get a chance to try them all, too, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Keep reading for tips on creating your own Italian charcuterie board!

Italian Charcuterie Board

Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares how to make a charcuterie board with Italian meats, cheeses, and fruits on Diary of a Debutante

Here’s everything I used to create this yummy Italian charcuterie board– 

  • Fresh mozzarella– Unless you want to slice your own mozzarella, I recommend buying ciliegine balls (not the pearls). They’re more substantial and easier to grab.
  • Burrata– Ugh, burrata’s just the best. I drain mine, put it in a small ramekin, and then drizzle olive oil and pepper on top. So good!
  • Fontina– Fontina is an Italian cheese that’s similar to Gruyère, provolone, and Gouda.
  • Proscuitto– I’m not a huge meat-eater, so I only included proscuitto on our board. If you are, you can go nuts with all the amazing cured Italian meats out there. Other popular ones are soppressata, pancetta, and capocolla (aka coppa). 
  • Cherries– I feel like Italian cherries are often best left to cocktail-ing, so I bought sweet cherries instead. Rainier cherries are great, too!
  • Tuscan melon– I’ll admit I had to do some searching to find a Tuscan melon, and I’m going to let you in on a little secret… it’s basically just a cantaloupe. 
  • Barattiere– Barattiere is essentially a cross between a melon and a cucumber. It’s super refreshing but can be hard to find. Honeydew (although not Italian) is a great substitute!
  • Crostinis– No Italian cheese board would be complete without crostinis! You can either make your own or find authentic crostinis around the fancy cheese section at the store. 
  • Grissini– Grissini are pencil-sized Italian breadsticks, and they’re delish. You should also be able to find these around the store’s fancy cheese section!
  • Nuts– I used cashews because that’s all we had, but popular Italian nuts are hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. 
  • Basil and thyme (for garnish)– Not only do they smell great, basil and thyme pair wonderfully with these Italian cheeses!

I also put out a big separate bowl of Mezzetta’s Castelvetrano olives because… I mean, there’s nothing more Italian than olives. 

Italian cheese board created by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

More Charcuterie Board Ideas

If you need more charcuterie board ideas, check out these posts–

So… to all my Italian friends, what do y’all think?! Did I leave any of your favorite Italian fruits, cheeses, or meats off?

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